Salmon Derby Raises $40K To Protect Fishing


The 11th Annual Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge was held August 27th in Astoria Oregon, and was another smashing success, raising nearly $40,000 to protect sport fishing!

The derby began the evening of the 26th with 91enthusiastic team captains (and most of their crews) checking in for the derby. NSIA staff and volunteers greeted the captains with t-shirts and team bags which included; custom made Buoy 10 Toman Spinners from Yakima Bait, Brad’s Super Cut Plugs, Gamakatsu hooks, Silver Horde Spoons and Pemican Beef Brisket Jerky for the teams to enjoy the following day. The captains were then greeted by weigh master, Don Swartz, to discuss the rules of the derby. The night concluded with a bucket raffle featuring a G Loomis Rod with a Shimano Tekota reel valued at $430.00 and a cocktail party.

The morning of the 27th the docks were lined with fisherman launching their boats and wishing each other luck. The waters near tongue point were amazingly calm in the early morning hours, while elsewhere the waters were rough from windchop and fisherman trying to fi nd the right spot. The bite started outslow for most and as the afternoon approached it was Fish On!

By 3:00pm the teams started to arrive at Camp Rilea to weigh-in. Thirty two teams weighed fish by the cut-off of 4:00 PM. Following weigh-in, the fishermen piled into Warrior Hall and the evening began with a silent auction and dinner. Before the dinner the ceremonies were kicked off, the tournament’s VIP’s, Washington Congressman Norm Dicks and Oregon State Representative Jules Bailey, shared their thoughts with the audience.

Representative Jules Bailey discussed the jobs that the sportfishing industry provides in the Pacific Northwest. Representative Bailey also touted the importance of supporting laws and regulations that will continue to keep sportfishing around for future of generations to come. Congressman Norm Dicks educated the packed hall on all he is doing at the federal level to reform and fund hatcheries, protect funding for habitat restoration and support selective sport fisheries. Having a devoted and life long sport fisherman from Washington State sit as chair of the appropriations committee in the US House of Representatives is an enormous blessing for those of us who share Congressman Dicks’ values to protect and restore our fishery resources!

The first place team was won by Captain John Posey and his crew Carmen Macdonald and Brandon McGavrin with a combined team weight of 76.4lbs. Taking home Lamiglas XCF 803 rods, Shimano Tekota 500LC reels, Lamiglas t-shirts, Lamiglas Hats and Plano Tackle Bags for each team member.

Taking second place team were Captain Steve Leonard and his crew Mike Gubard and Roy Engel who took home G Loomis GL2 SAR1084C/ 9’ Heavy Moderate Action Rods, Okuma Reels, G Loomis Fleece and hats and Plano Tackle boxes.

Rounding into third place was Captain Scott Weedman and his team of Kevin Sellers, and Reinhold Shook winning Plano tackle boxes filled with products from Pautzke, Brads, and Yakima Bait just to name a few.

The evening concluded with team giveaways for each and every team that was present, which included everything from crab traps, to Shimano Rods! Last was the captain’s drawing, where just the captains are entered to thank them for signing up their Team. This year, the lucky captain won a freezer from Hamilton’s Appliance Center in Gladstone, Oregon.

This years Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge was a great success thanks to our record number of sponsors: All Sports, Amato Publcations, ANWS – Tom McCall Chapter, Berkley, BS Fish Tales Inc, Bob Rees Fishing Guide, Clackacraft, D & G Bait, Danielson, Duckworth, Eagle Claw, Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor, Fred Meyer, G Loomis, Hamilton’s Appliances, Kershaw, Lamiglas, Leisure Sales, Lowrance/NAVICO, Marfood, Maurice Sporting Goods, Maxima, Morton & Associates, Mustad, Normark/Rapala, Northwest Sportsman Magazine, Okuma, Oregon Tackle, Pautzke Bait*, Plano, Pro-Cure Bait Scents, Pro-Troll, Pure Fishing, Salmon Trout Steelheader, Shimano, Silver Horde, Smokehouse, Stevens Marine, The Guide’s Forecast, Three River’s Marine, Tim Bailey & Associates, Tom Posey Co., Weldcraft, Willapa Marine, and Yakima Bait Co.

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